I found out recently that among my multiples’ group of friends, I was the only one to have conceived triplets naturally. It made sense now the reactions of medical professionals when I informed that it was a natural conception and they still did not believe me. Simply because it was just that rare! The doctor who did my very first ultrasound berated and falsely accused me of taking fertility drugs when I told him I don’t even take pill supplements. My friends and family members insisted the ultrasound must have been mistaken. The information that the triplets were naturally conceived was just too much for anybody to take at that time. It was too much information for my husband and I even to take: we kept going back in our heads what exactly went wrong. How did we land ourselves in this situation? The only conclusion we came to was that I ate too much broccoli (which of course isn’t a rational reason).
Singapore only sees 8 triplet pregnancies a year, and from what I understand, most and possibly all of them were aided by fertility treatments. In the U.S., the statistics revealed that 1 in 8000 pregnancies were triplets, but we do not know how many of those were natural. There have been 3 cases where parents have conceived two sets of triplets naturally – a 1 in a 1,000,000 event. The article convinced me that who is to say that would not happen to me. In fact many of the Instagram mamas who had triplets, went on to conceive twins for their second pregnancy.
Something so unknown and so rare is very hard for our brains to handle. We want an explanation. A scientific reason. A possible rationale to explain how these things come to be. I bet the girls are going to ask me one day how they came to be? And if they, too, were at risk of conceiving triplets since my conception has made it part of their permanent DNA and the genes of our future progeny.
Truth is there is still little we know why this happens. Even for twins. There are a lot of explanations how hyperovulation occurs, but there is little information about how identical twins occur and how high order multiples occur without fertility treatments. Until then, I guess those of us who had spontaneous triplets are just really freaks of nature.